Sandra Andrade never considered herself to be much of an athlete. However, witnessing her young daughter struggle with and ultimately succumb to an aggressive pediatric cancer gave her both the strength and the determination to use sports to continue fighting Sophia’s battle even after she was gone.
Andrade, 40, gave birth to her baby girl Sophia on June 28, 2009, in Santa Paula, California. Sophia was a healthy newborn that arrived on her exact due date and met all of her early childhood milestones. She was an early walker at nine months, and was by all measures a happy, normal little girl.